The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association has released its schedule of 19 nationwide hot rod events schedule for 2019, which includes the inaugural Great American Nationals, August 16-18 at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania.
The other Goodguys events will retain their traditional weekend schedules aside from the 14th Nashville Nationals, which goes backs to its three-day format May 3-5 at Nissan Stadium, featuring the crowning of Hot Rod of the Year.
Goodguys shows bring out thousands of colorful hot rods, muscle cars, customs, classics and tricked-out trucks through 1987 vintage, with the exception of the 33rd West Coast Nationals in August, which will showcase 1972 and older vehicles.
Highlighting the 2019 schedule will be the Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals on July 12-14 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, which will stage a 50th Anniversary Camaro exhibit inside Cardinal Hall with 69 significant ’69 Camaros to celebrate the pony car’s Golden Anniversary.
The competitive Goodguys AutoCross series continues to grow in participation and popularity, with timed racing staged at 17 of the 19 events with 16-car “shootouts” at most of them.
The full schedule of Goodguys 2019 events:
9th Spring Lone Star Nationals, March 8-10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.
10th Spring Nationals, March 15-17 at, WestWorld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
37th All American Get-Together, March 30-31 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
19th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals, April 5-7 at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, California.
5th North Carolina Nationals, April 26-28 at North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina.
14th Nashville Nationals, May 3-5 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.
26th Summer Get-Together, June 1-2 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California
28th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals, July 5-7 at Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.
22nd PPG Nationals, July 12-14 at Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.
32nd Pacific Northwest Nationals, July 26-28 at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, Washington.
18th Great Northwest Nationals, August 9-11 at Spokane County Fair & Expo Center in Spokane, Washington.
Inaugural Great American Nationals, August 16-18 at York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania.
33rd West Coast Nationals, August 23-25 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
22nd Colorado Nationals, September 6-8 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado.
27th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals, September 27-29 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas.
2nd Kentucky Nationals, October 11-13 at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.
26th Southeastern Nationals, October 18-19 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
30th Autumn Get-Together, November 9-10 at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
22nd Speedway Motors Southwest Nationals, November 15-17 at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.
For information and registration, visit the Goodguys website.
Cuba holds first concours events
Featuring surviving American cars from before 1959, when the communist revolution prompted a U.S. embargo of the island nation, Cuba offers a pair of classic car events to celebrate the 120th anniversary of automobiles arriving in Cuba.
The inaugural Classic Car Contest is considered the first concours event held in Cuba, and it’s held in two parts. Last Saturday, a show was held in La Piragua where 300 cars were judged for their originality, appearance and drivability.
On December 15, a parade of vintage automobiles will drive through Havana, ending with a concours at Paseo del Prado in Old Havana. Just two awards will be handed out during the Classic Car Contest: Gran Premio de Autos Clásicos for most original and a Más Popular award for people’s choice.
Bill Warner honored as Enthusiast of the Year
The Concours d’Elegance of America will honor Bill Warner, founder and head of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, as 2019 Enthusiast of the Year during the event held July 28 at the Inn of St. Johns in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
A lifetime car enthusiast, Warner’s profession as an automotive author, photographer and race driver culminated in his founding in 1969 of the Amelia Island concours near his home town of Jacksonville, Florida.
Warner has opted to have his award reflected during the concours with a class of his “all-time favorite” automobiles.
Jaguar design chief Ian Callum honored
The London Classic Car Show will honor acclaimed auto designer Ian Callum, currently Jaguar’s director of design, during the fifth annual staging of the event February 14-17 at ExCel London in England.
The show, which last year attracted 37,000 people to the four-day event, will feature some of Callum’s greatest designs, including the Aston Martin DB9, Jaguar I-PACE, F-TYPE and XK, and the Ford RS200 rally car. There also will be a question and answer session with Callum during the show.
Unexceptional-vehicle show changes venues
The Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, a celebration of mundane vehicles from 1966-1996, will have a new venue for its July 29 show: the grounds of the Claydon Estate near Buckingham in central England.
Forty-five ordinary vehicles that have somehow survived into the new millennium will be hand-selected for the show, and a group of experts with a keen eye for the mundane will scour the parking for unexceptional vehicles that will be invited to join the fun. So drive your boring ride for a chance to win some long-awaited recognition.
Participants and potential unexceptionals are invited to pack a picnic lunch and dress appropriately for the period of your vehicles. Among the maligned and forgotten vehicles of the past shown at FOTU, as the show is known, have been Marinas, Metros, Chevettes, Corollas, Avengers, Allegros, Sunbeams and Sunnys.
Admission is free, as well it should be.
Keels & Wheels featured marques named
The Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance has announced the featured marques for its May 4-7 event at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.
The 2019 concours will honor 100 Years of Bentley, as well as featuring Lamborghini, and Shelby automobiles.
Owners of classic cars and antique wooden and vintage fiberglass boats can register for the event on the concours website. Entry deadline is March 1.
Tampa’s inaugural concours d’elegance
The first concours d’elegance to be held in the Tampa, Florida, area will take place April 13 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on the banks of the Hillsborough River across from the historic minarets of the University of Tampa.
The name of the event is the Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance, in honor of Tampa’s famous social season that celebrates the legend of the invasion of the city by the fictional (or not!) pirate Jose Gaspar. The concours will be held as part of the Mardi Gras-styled events of the Gasparilla festival.
For more information, visit the concours website.